Rabbi David Walk, Education Director

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Walk Article

POETRY IN MOTION 

Balak-5778 

Rabbi David Walk 

 

It's embarrassing to admit how bad I am at writing poetry. I really love poetry. And there are word skills at which I'm moderately proficient like public speaking and writing these articles, however poetry isn't included. My poetry tends to the 'Roses are red, Violets are blue, I'm not a poet, And neither are you,' variety. I couldn't even write greeting cards. Real, artful poetry, on the other hand, moves me for two reasons. First, the word pictures, skillful poets can conjure amazing visions in our brains with their dexterity of vocabulary. We say one picture is worth a thousand words. Well, in great poetry, one poem is worth as many pictures as times it is read. And, secondly, poems have this magical quality of meaning many things simultaneously. The texture of outstanding poems can approach infinity. The bliss of reading the same poem at different stages of life is too delicious for this non-poet to put into words. But Biblical poetry has another conjuring act. It often sounds contemporary millennia after the authorship. 

For me, the prime example of that last point is Psalm 122. In verse 3, King David avers that 'Jerusalem is built like a city which is joined fast together (ir she'chubra la yachdav).' This phrase initially described how the parts of the city and its arrangement upon the hillsides were aesthetically pleasing. Soon, though, with the building of the Holy Temple and the throngs that thronged (in the Second Temple about 400,000 equaled a throng) to it for the pilgrimage festivals, it was the city which bound the nation together in brotherhood and fellowship (refer to verse 8). To the rabbis and mystics this phrase informed us that Jerusalem constitutes the connection or interface between heaven and earth. When prayers or souls go to heaven they first encounter the celestial version of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 2.0. But then in June 1967 (Iyar 28) the meaning changed abruptly. The city whose heart was scarred with barbed wire and pill boxes became whole and healthy again. I can't read this poem without a tear reminding me of how our little country when from the brink of extinction to the heights of joy in six short days. Every time I read about a project to ease movement to and from the Old City, like the train or cable car, I feel that we are fulfilling King David's prescient words. 

However, in this week's parshaBilaam tries to do King David one better. Bilaam tells us that he is describing a future scenario (Bamidbar 24:17). Bilaam begins by emphasizing that his prophecy concerns a distant time.  What he sees in the distant future is that Moav will be defeated by the future kingdom of Israel, the kingdom of David.  With these words Bilaam at the same time confirms and assuages Balak's fears: B'nei Yisrael are indeed great and powerful, and they are destined to crush Moav, but this will happen only a long time from now.  For the meantime, then, Balak need not fear.  In truth, it is specifically these verses, which look like an appendix, that are the crux of all the prophecies, since only these relate directly to the main subject of the parsha, presenting a solution to Balak's short term Jewish problem. 

Bilaam uses two phrases ('not now...not soon') to describe this far away time. So, the Midrash informs us (I believe correctly) that Bilaam is informing us of two future periods, that of King David (about 1000 BCE) and of the great descendant of that dynasty, Mashiach (? CE). 

But the true poetry of his pronouncement is the description of this great leader. He is called: DARACH KOCHAV M'YAAKOV (normally rendered: a star shall come forth from Ya'akov). The great imagery comes from the term DARACH. It's in the past tenses, because, even though it's describing a future event, to the observer it's as if it already happened. But what's the word picture being drawn. Rashi, based on the Targum, translates it 'arise'. The Da'at Mikra (from Mosad Rav Kook) explains that it's a military term and describes drawing back a bow to fire an arrow upon our enemies. But feel free to insert the futuristic weapon of your choice. Rav Ovadia Sforno avers that it means physical and eternal power. The Ramban believes that it describes paving a road for the exiled to return home. And, my favorite, Rav Avraham Ibn Ezra picturesquely conjures up the image of a new (or shooting) star coursing its way across the sky, a la ET. Pick your pic. 

Bilaam's communique continues by describing the future conquests of this paragon of power and prowess. He will subdue Moav, Edom and Amalek, but, of course, we can substitute in whoever will be our enemies at the Messianic period. It's interesting to note that different poets and seers notice different events occurring with the advent of that era. Bilaam foresees military victories, others predict the ingathering of the exiles (And the great shofar will blow and those lost...and those cast away...will worship...in Jerusalem, Yishayahu 18:4), while a third group of prognosticators notice the end of war and eternal peace (Nation shall not lift up sword against nation and none shall learn war again, Micha 4:4). Only Moshe testified to the entirety of the vision; all others reported what struck their notice. The greatness of these witnesses was in the power of their speech, not necessarily the acuity of their sight. 

Ah, poetry! Eli Khamarov, the writer and social commentator, said that poets are, 'soldiers who free words from the steadfast possession of definition.' And John F. Kennedy may have been talking about Bilaam while musing, 'When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.' Poetry unshackles our imagination to see and understand things we thought were beyond our ken. Parsing poetry is fun and liberating, but also prepares us for finding p'shat in places far beyond our world. Let's use these skills to immerse ourselves in the beauty of Torah; it's all poetry. 

              

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Top 10 Websites For Hackers 2018

  1. Phrack Magazine: Digital hacking magazine.
  2. Exploit DB: An archive of exploits and vulnerable software by Offensive Security. The site collects exploits from submissions and mailing lists and concentrates them in a single database.
  3. HackRead: HackRead is a News Platform that centers on InfoSec, Cyber Crime, Privacy, Surveillance, and Hacking News with full-scale reviews on Social Media Platforms.
  4. The Hacker News: The Hacker News — most trusted and widely-acknowledged online cyber security news magazine with in-depth technical coverage for cybersecurity.
  5. Packet Storm: Information Security Services, News, Files, Tools, Exploits, Advisories and Whitepapers.
  6. Metasploit: Find security issues, verify vulnerability mitigations & manage security assessments with Metasploit. Get the worlds best penetration testing software now.
  7. SecTools.Org: List of 75 security tools based on a 2003 vote by hackers.
  8. Hakin9: E-magazine offering in-depth looks at both attack and defense techniques and concentrates on difficult technical issues.
  9. Hacked Gadgets: A resource for DIY project documentation as well as general gadget and technology news.
  10. KitPloit: Leading source of Security Tools, Hacking Tools, CyberSecurity and Network Security.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Top 15 Highest Paying URL Shortener to Earn Money Online

  1. CPMlink

    CPMlink is one of the most legit URL shortener sites.You can sign up for free.It works like other shortener sites.You just have to shorten your link and paste that link into the internet.When someone will click on your link.
    You will get some amount of that click.It pays around $5 for every 1000 views.They offer 10% commission as the referral program.You can withdraw your amount when it reaches $5.The payment is then sent to your PayPal, Payza or Skrill account daily after requesting it.
    • The payout for 1000 views-$5
    • Minimum payout-$5
    • Referral commission-10%
    • Payment methods-Paypal, Payza, and Skrill
    • Payment time-daily

  2. Wi.cr

    Wi.cr is also one of the 30 highest paying URL sites.You can earn through shortening links.When someone will click on your link.You will be paid.They offer $7 for 1000 views.Minimum payout is $5.
    You can earn through its referral program.When someone will open the account through your link you will get 10% commission.Payment option is PayPal.
    • Payout for 1000 views-$7
    • Minimum payout-$5
    • Referral commission-10%
    • Payout method-Paypal
    • Payout time-daily

  3. Shink.me

    Shink.me is one of the old URL shortener sites.It is a legit site.You just have open an account free.You can earn from this like other URL shortener companies.It offers the good CPM rate for all countries traffic.
    You can earn $4.65 for every 1000 views.The minimum payout rate is $5.ther offer 10% referral commission.PayPal and Payza are payment methods of shink.me.
    • The payout for 1000 views-$4.65
    • Minimum payout-$5
    • Referral commission-10%
    • Payout methods-Payza and Paypal
    • Payment time-Biweekly

  4. Shorte.st

    Shorte.st is another very popular and most trusted URL Shortening Company. Shorte.st comes as a user-friendly URL Shortener Service with many creative options for making money by monetizing the links you share. Shorte.st provides you an opportunity to earn from $5 to $15 per 1000 views for promoting their shortened links.
    For WordPress Bloggers, Shorte.st brings its WordPress Plugin which will help you greatly to boost your earnings. Shorte.st has a low minimum payout of $5.
    The payment is credited automatically on the 10th of each month. The payment methods include PayPal, Payoneer, and WebMoney. It also presents a referral earning opportunity wherein you can earn 20% commission on referrals for a lifetime.
  5. Short.am

    Short.am provides a big opportunity for earning money by shortening links. It is a rapidly growing URL Shortening Service. You simply need to sign up and start shrinking links. You can share the shortened links across the web, on your webpage, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Short.am provides detailed statistics and easy-to-use API.
    It even provides add-ons and plugins so that you can monetize your WordPress site. The minimum payout is $5 before you will be paid. It pays users via PayPal or Payoneer. It has the best market payout rates, offering unparalleled revenue. Short.am also run a referral program wherein you can earn 20% extra commission for life.
  6. Ouo.io

    Ouo.io is one of the fastest growing URL Shortener Service. Its pretty domain name is helpful in generating more clicks than other URL Shortener Services, and so you get a good opportunity for earning more money out of your shortened link. Ouo.io comes with several advanced features as well as customization options.
    With Ouo.io you can earn up to $8 per 1000 views. It also counts multiple views from same IP or person. With Ouo.io is becomes easy to earn money using its URL Shortener Service. The minimum payout is $5. Your earnings are automatically credited to your PayPal or Payoneer account on 1st or 15th of the month.
    • Payout for every 1000 views-$5
    • Minimum payout-$5
    • Referral commission-20%
    • Payout time-1st and 15th date of the month
    • Payout options-PayPal and Payza

  7. Adf.ly

    Adf.ly is the oldest and one of the most trusted URL Shortener Service for making money by shrinking your links. Adf.ly provides you an opportunity to earn up to $5 per 1000 views. However, the earnings depend upon the demographics of users who go on to click the shortened link by Adf.ly.
    It offers a very comprehensive reporting system for tracking the performance of your each shortened URL. The minimum payout is kept low, and it is $5. It pays on 10th of every month. You can receive your earnings via PayPal, Payza, or AlertPay. Adf.ly also runs a referral program wherein you can earn a flat 20% commission for each referral for a lifetime.
  8. Link4.me

    Link4.me is another trusted and fast growing site.You can earn by creating an account for free.You have to shorten your long URL into the short one.Then you can paste it into websites, blog, and social networking sites.You can earn $9 for 1000 views.they offer 20% referral commission for the lifetime.
    When your earning will reach $5 then you can claim your earning.Paypal is the only method through which you can withdraw your earnings.
    • Payout for 1000 views-$9
    • Minimum payout-$5
    • Referral commission-20%
    • Payment method-Paypal

  9. LINK.TL

    LINK.TL is one of the best and highest URL shortener website.It pays up to $16 for every 1000 views.You just have to sign up for free.You can earn by shortening your long URL into short and you can paste that URL into your website, blogs or social media networking sites, like facebook, twitter, and google plus etc.
    One of the best thing about this site is its referral system.They offer 10% referral commission.You can withdraw your amount when it reaches $5.
    • Payout for 1000 views-$16
    • Minimum payout-$5
    • Referral commission-10%
    • Payout methods-Paypal, Payza, and Skrill
    • Payment time-daily basis

  10. ADmy.link

    ADmy.link is also one of the best URL sites.It is a trusted site.You can earn simply by registering for an account.It's fast and free!then you can Find URLs you would like to monetize and shorten your links.You just have to Share your shortened links and drive traffic to your content.
    Then Earn money by sharing in the advertising revenues for each real visit to your links!You can earn $5 for 1000 views.Minimum payout is $5.You can earn extra money by their referral system.They offer 15% as a referral program.
    • Payout for 1000-$5
    • Minimum payout-$5
    • Referral commission-15%
    • Payment method-PayPal
    • Payment time-start of every month.

  11. Linkbucks

    Linkbucks is another best and one of the most popular sites for shortening URLs and earning money. It boasts of high Google Page Rank as well as very high Alexa rankings. Linkbucks is paying $0.5 to $7 per 1000 views, and it depends on country to country.
    The minimum payout is $10, and payment method is PayPal. It also provides the opportunity of referral earnings wherein you can earn 20% commission for a lifetime. Linkbucks runs advertising programs as well.
    • The payout for 1000 views-$3-9
    • Minimum payout-$10
    • Referral commission-20%
    • Payment options-PayPal,Payza,and Payoneer
    • Payment-on the daily basis

  12. Petty Link

    Shorten URLs and earn money with Petty Link which is one of the best URL Shortening for earning money online.
    Getting started is easy. You need to create an account, shorten your link, and start earning money. Petty is one of the best ways to earn extra money.
    You get to make money from home when managing and protecting your link. Using the Petty Link tool, you can create short links. What's best, you get paid. It's a completely free tool.
    You have to create an account, create a link, and post it. For every visit, you earn money. The payout is as much as $12 per 1000 views. Plus, you can get 21% Referral Bonus.
    It has the Petty Link Referral Program. Refer friends and receive 21% of their earnings for life.
    Its featured Administration Panel allows you to control all of the features with a click of a button. It offers detailed stats. You get to know your audience.
    It has a low minimum payout. You need to earn only $5.00 before you are paid. Payment method is PayPal. Moreover, Petty offers the highest rates.
    Plus, it has a dedicated support team to help you out in case you have any questions or issues.
  13. Linkshrink

    Linkshrink URL Shortener Service provides you an opportunity to monetize links that you go on the Internet. Linkshrink comes as one of the most trusted URL Shortener Service. It provides an advanced reporting system so that you can easily track the performance of your shortened links. You can use Linkshrink to shorten your long URL. With Linkshrink, you can earn anywhere from $3 to $10 per 1000 views.
    Linkshrink provides lots of customization options. For example, you can change URL or have some custom message other than the usual "Skip this Ad" message for increasing your link clicks and views on the ad. Linkshrink also offers a flat $25 commission on your referrals. The minimum payout with Linkshrink is $5. It pays you through PayPal, Payza, or Bitcoin.
  14. Clk.sh

    Clk.sh is a newly launched trusted link shortener network, it is a sister site of shrinkearn.com. I like ClkSh because it accepts multiple views from same visitors. If any one searching for Top and best url shortener service then i recommend this url shortener to our users. Clk.sh accepts advertisers and publishers from all over the world. It offers an opportunity to all its publishers to earn money and advertisers will get their targeted audience for cheapest rate. While writing ClkSh was offering up to $8 per 1000 visits and its minimum cpm rate is $1.4. Like Shrinkearn, Shorte.st url shorteners Clk.sh also offers some best features to all its users, including Good customer support, multiple views counting, decent cpm rates, good referral rate, multiple tools, quick payments etc. ClkSh offers 30% referral commission to its publishers. It uses 6 payment methods to all its users.
    • Payout for 1000 Views: Upto $8
    • Minimum Withdrawal: $5
    • Referral Commission: 30%
    • Payment Methods: PayPal, Payza, Skrill etc.
    • Payment Time: Daily

  15. BLV.ME

    BLV.ME is one of the most trusted URL shortener sites.It pays high CPM rate.You can earn $10 for every 1000 views.One worst thing about blv.me is its referral system.
    They only offer 5% referral commission which is very much low.You can withdraw your amount when it reaches $10.You can claim your amount through Payza, Bank Transfer or Skrill.
    • The payout for 1000 views-$10
    • Minimum payout-$10
    • Referral commission-5%
    • Payout options-Payza, Skrill, and bank transfer
    • Payment time-at the end of the month


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